One shot equals two games (at least) for Panthers goalie Tim Thomas.
The Panthers put Thomas on injured reserve Wednesday after he sustained an injury Tuesday night on a third-period shot. The lower-body injury was specified only as being not the groin he injured last week.
Putting Thomas on injured reserve removes him from the roster for seven days from the date of the injury, taking him out for home games against Buffalo and Tampa Bay. The Panthers recalled Scott Clemmensen from their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.
“We’re confident he’s not going to be long term,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. “He’s a quick healer.”
The next game Thomas might be back for would be the Nov. 1 home game against St. Louis, which pumped five goals by Thomas in the first two periods of a 7-0 rout Oct. 5.
Thomas stopped 25 of 27 Chicago shots Tuesday, raising his save percentage to .905 before leaving the game with 2:59 remaining and the score tied 2-2. Jakob Markstrom came into the game cold and turned away both shots he faced for the rest of regulation and overtime.
“It’s not the best way for your body to get into a hockey game,” Markstrom shrugged. “It is what it is; you can’t really do anything about it. You’re just trying to do the best with it.”
Chicago’s Patrick Kane missed the net on his overtime breakaway, showing a scattershot accuracy Dineen saw as the Panthers main deficiency Tuesday. According to the official statistics, the Panthers took 40 shots and 18 of them missed the net. Though he gave Chicago credit for getting sticks in shooting lanes, some of Wednesday’s practice drills were devoted to accuracy improvement.
“We’re dealing with high-end athletes who are very skilled, but to me there’s practice habits, the repetition you do over and over are what makes people good on an instrument, makes them able to hit a baseball, makes them able to swing a golf club like a Lexi Thompson,” Dineen said, referencing the teenage women’s pro golfer from Coral Springs who also happens to be a Panthers fan.